Air New Zealand to trial IATA’s digital Travel Pass app on Auckland-Sydney route in April

Air New Zealand has confirmed that it will trial IATA’s digital Travel Pass app on its Auckland-Sydney route in April.The trial will run for three weeks once the app hits app/android store shelves in April and both aircrew and customers will be invited to join the trial.”Once borders reopen, travel is going to look very different, with customers’…

Cheese rolls: How a humble snack became a signature New Zealand food

Wellington, New Zealand (CNN) — A cheese roll may seem simple: it’s basically a slice of bread with cheese-based filling, rolled up and toasted until slightly crispy. Yet these humble snacks hold a special place in the hearts of many people at the bottom of the South Island, the more southern of New Zealand’s two main islands — or “Deep South,”…

‘The heck is that?’: World awed by NZ bug

A viral photo taken mid-air has introduced the world to one of New Zealand’s more interesting creatures. On Tuesday, a passenger on a Wellington to Auckland Air New Zealand flight discovered a surprise stowaway on the back of her safety card and tweeted the photo to the airline.“Just wondering what the mask guidelines are for wētā on flights…

Victoria, Queensland, Tasmania, NSW change border rules for New Zealand after COVID-19 outbreak

Australia’s eastern states have all clamped down on quarantine-free travel from New Zealand after three new local COVID cases were announced in Auckland.Tasmania joined Queensland, Victoria and NSW in imposing restrictions on travellers from Auckland after three new local cases were linked to a cluster at a high school.Tasmania’s Director of Public…

America’s Cup Countdown On Your Wrist? Meet The $10,700 Omega Seamaster Timepiece

With this year’s America’s Cup race boats spec’d to extremely fast hydrofoil sailing, precise timing … [+] is more crucial than ever. © COR 36 | Studio BorlenghiWhile racing fans are counting down the days until the beginning of the final America’s Cup races on March 6 in Auckland, New Zealand, the only countdown on the minds of competing…

Victoria, Queensland change border rules for New Zealand after COVID-19 outbreak

Another state has joined Queensland in clamping down on travellers arriving from New Zealand after a fresh outbreak of the coronavirus.Anyone coming to Victoria from Auckland will now be required to stay in hotel quarantine.“From 11:59pm on Wednesday, February 24, all flights arriving from Auckland into Victoria will be regarded as ‘red zone’…

More airlines sign up for vaccine passports

After the UK government said it was pressing ahead with agreeing a “vaccine passport” to smooth international travel in the coronavirus era, one of the leading contenders has announced more support for its plans.The International Air Transport Association (Iata) is promoting its Travel Pass initiative – an app-based system that, it claims, offers…

Air New Zealand to trial health passport on Sydney route

Air New Zealand has become the latest carrier to sign up to trial the new Covid Travel Pass app developed by the International Air Transport Association (IATA).
The flag-carrier said it would use the technology on its Auckland-Sydney route in April.
IATA earlier said the app would be ready to use “in weeks”.
With constantly changing entry and departure

Air New Zealand to trial Covid vaccine passport on Sydney flights

Air New Zealand will trial a digital vaccine passport in April on flights between Auckland and Sydney with Qantas investigating similar technology.
As vaccination begins in Australia, attention has turned to the potential resumption of international travel and how Australia could track whether potential visitors have been vaccinated.
Several tech companies

Passenger finds huge cricket-like insect onboard flight

An Air New Zealand passenger found herself sitting across from a large cricket-like insect on her flight from Wellington to Auckland. Alex O’Connor tweeted a picture of the wētā, a flightless insect endemic to New Zealand, with the caption: “Just wondering what the mask guidelines are for wētā on flights?”. The airline replied that wētā

Tryp by Wyndham headed for New Zealand

The company will develop two new hotels: the 212-room Tryp by Wyndham Remarkables Park Queenstown and the 76-room Tryp by Wyndham Tory Street Wellington. …

Major changes to Virgin’s lounges

Virgin Australia has revealed major changes to its business class lounges as it rolls out its road map for the future. …

Soooo I’m Kinda Maybe Sorta Moving to New Zealand

As you read these words, I’ll be sitting 40,000 feet up over the Pacific Ocean — most likely fretting about the turbulence — on a 30-hour travel day that will see me venturing from Bristol to London to Seoul…

10 of the best light festivals worldwide: readers’ travel tips

With Diwali about to burst into the night skies across the globe, our tipsters recommend other winter festivals that banish darknessOn recent winter trips to Amsterdam, the sight of thousands of shimmering candle flames lighting up the city’s waterways…

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